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Chart Chat Edition 628 – W/C 04.12.11

Chart Chat Edition 628 – Week Commencing Sunday 4th December 2011


There were five new entries, two re-entries, eight songs went up, twenty two songs going down and three non movers on this weeks chart. This years X Factor contestants managed to follow their predecessors to the top of the charts even if they needed a little help from JLS and One Direction to get there. ‘Wishing On A Star’ went straight in at no.1 while Olly Murs held on at no.2 with ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ although he is celebrating a no.1 album which in terms of career and financial terms is a much bigger victory.

‘We Found Love’ fell two places to no.3 for Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris and Flo Rida fell one to no.4 with ‘Good Feeling’.  Avicii went down one to no.5 with ‘Levels’ and Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah also fell one to no.6 with ‘Earthquake’. Ed Sheeran stayed the same at no.7 with ‘Lego House’ while the weeks highest climber went to Jessie J who climbed twenty nine places to no.8 with ‘Who You Are’.  Kelly Rowland fell three to no.9 with ‘Down With Whatever’ and Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera rounded proceedings off falling two to no.10 with ‘Moves Like Jagger’.

There were still four climbers and one new entry to be found in what remained of the top twenty. LMFAO climbed four to no.13 with ‘Sexy And I Know It’ while Bruno Mars went up one to no.14 with ‘It Will Rain’. Jason Derulo scored a new entry at no.15 with ‘Fight For You’ and Lady Gaga went up two to no.16 with ‘Marry The Night’.  Charlene Soraia was the final climber going back up two to no.17 with ‘Wherever You Are’.

There were three new entries, two re-entries and three climbers in the lower half of the chart. Emeli Sande featuring Naughty Boy went straight in at no.21 with ‘Daddy’ while Olly Murs climbed back up five to no.22 with ‘Heart Skips A Beat’. The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl re-entered at no.23 with ‘Fairytale Of New York’ and Katy Perry went up five to no.26 with ‘The One That Got Away’. Mariah Carey re-entered at no.27 with ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and Beyonce got a new entry at no.28 with ‘Love On Top’.  Slow Moving Millie climbed three to no.31 with her cover of The Smiths ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’ and Example got a new entry at no.36 with ‘Midnight Run’ which gets its official release this week (see the review below).

It’s already been a great year for Example with both ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’ and ‘Stay Awake’ topping the charts along with his album ‘Playing In The Shadows’. His most recent chart appearance came with Laidback Luke on the track ‘Natural Disaster’ which peaked at no.37.  Adam Powell directed the video to all three of those singles and he is once again behind the camera for this one. Example’s career started slowly with his debut album ‘What We Made’ reaching just no.125 in the chart and it yielded no hit singles. ‘Watch The Sun Come Up’ gave him his first top twenty hit, reaching no.19 and the accompanying album ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ made no.4. New single ‘Midnight Run’ has already given him an eighth top forty hit in his own right, while he has also featured on hit singles by Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder and Wretch 32. 

Estelle’s career started back in 2004 when her debut album ’18th Day’ provided her with three top forty hits.  She then went away for three years but came back strongly with her chart topping Kanye West collaboration ‘American Boy’. The accompanying album ‘Shine’ reached no.6 and even made the top forty in the US. However her third album ‘All Of Me’ has been more problematic and has yet to provide a hit single.  Her last chart appearance came in 2009 when she featured on the David Guetta single ‘One Love’. Promotional singles from the album so far have included ‘Freak’ which featured Kardinal Offishall and ‘Fall In Love’ which guest starred Nas but despite such big names she hasn’t coming close to cracking the top forty.  It’s not easy to understand why she has been so forgotten but the music business can be harsh and sadly I can’t see her charting with this.

Winning the X Factor is no longer the benefit that it was.  Joe McElderry to his credit has kept going and found other avenues of making music but Leon Jackson has long since disappeared and Shayne Ward has been dropped.  Sales of Matt’s album have held up a little better but his second single ‘Run For Your Life’ only reached no.6 which was disappointing considering that he performed it in front of 10m viewers on a Saturday night.  It plummeted to no.23 the week afterwards before dropping out of the top forty.  Now comes the third single and he will be hoping to avoid Joe McElderry’s record whereby his third single missed the top 100 despite featuring in a Narnia film.  Matt has co-written most of his album and that is to his credit but at times he appears a bit too middle of the road.  I think this will miss the top ten although a think a top forty placing is realistic.

T-Pain has teamed up with Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen for his new single ‘5 O’Clock’ which is taken from his current album ‘RevolveR’ and features a sample of Lily Allen’s song ‘Who’d Have Known’. He has notched up three top forty hits in his own right including ‘Best Love Song’ earlier this year which featured Chris Brown. He has enjoyed more success via his collaborations which have included appearances on Flo Rida’s no.2 hit ‘Low’ and R Kelly’s no.18 hit ‘I’m A Flirt’. This latest single has already made no.11 in the US and has made the top thirty in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The video was shot in Amsterdam’s Red Light District and features an actress portraying the part of Lily Allen as she is taking a break from the music industry and is pregnant. The song was produced and co-written by T-Pain and should add another top forty hit to his tally. 

‘Still Speedin” sees Grime star Sway team up with British rapper Kano. It is taken from his eagerly awaited third studio album ‘Deliverance’ which is due for release later this year. His first album ‘This Is My Demo’ was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize but was beaten to the award by the Arctic Monkeys debut album. So far in his Sway has only achieved one top forty hit which came with his Baby Blue collaboration ‘Little Derek’ while Kano has notched up four top fifty albums and two top forty hits including his Craig David collaboration ‘This Is The Girl’ which peaked at no.18. This latest single release has already been featured as one of Zane Lowe’s Record Of The Week and features a sample of the Loleatta Holloway track ‘Love Sensation’. It is on the B-list at Radio 1xtra and looks set to give him his biggest hit in his career so far. 

‘Fight For You’ is the new single by the ever popular American r’n’b star Jason Derulo. So far five of his six single releases to date have made the top ten with both ‘In My Head’ and ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’ topping the charts.  He has released two albums so far (his self titled debut and ‘Future History’) and they have both made the UK top ten peaking at no.8 and no.7 respectively. Despite the success of ‘Future History’ in the UK it hasn’t charted as well in other areas of the world and it has yet to crack the top twenty in both the US and Germany.  The track contains an interpolation of the 1980’s classic ‘Africa’ by Toto and sees Derulo in a more reflective mood than of late. It was produced by RedOne, BeatGeek and GeoSlam with this being the only track on the album to have them at the controls. This will doubtless become another big hit for him through I don’t think it will give him a third no.1 hit. 

I have to confess that ‘Stuck’ by Caro Emerald is one of my favourite songs around at the minute. I heard it on the radio and it grabbed me instantly.  It’s taken from her current album ‘Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor’ which has made no.4 although its highest charting single remains ‘A Night Like This’ which only reached no.65. So far this single has reached no.6 in her native Netherlands and the top twenty in both Italy and Poland. The download comes with a variety of remixes including the Radio Mix, two live versions (one at The Eddison Awards and one at The Heineken Music Festival), the Dorian White remix, the Liam Keegain remix, the Sheriff & Hesso remix, the KiNK remix and the Kraak & Smaak St Tropez remix. It would be great to see this become her first UK top forty hit but I’m not sure that it will quite do it for her.

Lloyd has yet to have a top forty hit in the UK in his own right though he did guest on Young Money’s top ten hit ‘Bedrock’. That should change next weekend with the release of the single ‘Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)’ which sees him team up with Andre 3000 from Outkast and Lil Wayne. It is taken from his fourth studio album ‘King Of Hearts’ and has already made the top forty in New Zealand and Canada. He is better known in the US where his 2006 single ‘You’ made no.9 and topped the r’n’b charts. The video is directed by Bryan Barber who has worked with Timbaland, Alexandra Burke, Joss Stone and Christina Aguilera. The single contains a clean version of the track along with the new song ‘Lay It Down’. Early indications are that this could make the top ten next weekend and should perform well in airplay and dance charts over the festive period.

Finally this week let us look at the fortunes of two former contestants of the X Factor show.  Lloyd Daniels featured in the sixth series where he finished fifth and was eventually won by Joe McElderry.  His debut single ‘Crazy’ was released in February but failed to chart but now comes his new EP ‘Suburban Girl’ which also features the tracks ‘Better Than Beautiful’ and ‘The Best Of My Love’ alongside an acoustic version of the main track.  Jamie Archer also featured in the same series and was knocked out in a sing off with Daniels. He releases his new single ‘Insanity’ this week but I fear that along with the Daniels EP it won’t chart.  That’s not so much of a reflection on his talent but more down to the fact that its hard to stick out from the crowd of former contestants.  That said he has featured on Radio 1 so perhaps there is a chance that this will become at least a minor hit for him.

Also released this week are ‘Songbird’ by Arianna, ‘The Devil Takes Care Of His Own’ by Band Of Skulls, ‘You Know What I Mean’ by Cults, ‘Scale It Back’ by DJ Shadow featuring Little Dragon, ‘My Favourite Time Of The Year’ by Florin Street Band, ‘Call It What You Want’ by Foster The People, ‘End Of Love’ by Jack Beats, ‘Twilight’ by Jozif featuring Terri Walker, ‘Paradise (EP)’ by Katie Sky, ‘The One That Got Away’ by Katy Perry, ‘Christmas Could Have Been Good’ by Mando Diao, ‘Everything Goes My Way’ by Metronomy, ‘Pressure’ by Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji, ‘Roman In Moscow’ by Nicki Minaj, ‘Taste The Air’ by Nitin Sawnhey, ‘Christmas Without You’ by One Republic, ‘Brumalia (EP)’ by Patrick Wolf, ‘Thinking About You (This Christmas)’ by Paul Carrack, ‘The Christmas Song’ by The Raveonettes, ‘Skank Till Christmas / A Christmas Fable’ by The Selecter, ‘Me & My Microphone’ by September, ‘Young Wild & Free’ by Snoop Dogg featuring Wiz Khalifa & Bruno Mars, ‘Letter To My Ex’ by Tanya Lacey, ‘Built To Fall’ by Trivium, ‘Human Error / Ink Slowly Dries’ by  We Were Promised Jetpacks and ‘Bite My Tongue’ by You Me At Six featuring Oli Sykes.

I can’t seen any of this weeks new releases challenging the top spot but I expect the X Factor Finalists to fall from grace.  As such my money is on Olly Murs if he can maintain his level of sales for a third week. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing singles look set to include Britney Spears, Foo Fighters, The Wombles and Wretch 32 featuring Etta Bond.  Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson


4 December, 2011 - Posted by | ChartChat

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